September 13, 2019
The site of a tent-city in Maple Ridge is uninhabited for the first time in over two years.
The city is applauding the fact that the remaining residents of Anita Place have been relocated to a temporary modular housing project that opened Tuesday and looking forward to proceeding with plans for a park.
Meanwhile, an advocate says the clearing of the camp is actually a setback for people experiencing homelessness in the area.
Ivan Drury with Alliance Against Displacement says while Anita Place existed, people had a relatively safe, warm and dry option.
“Instead of that they’re now scattered out into the bushes in the surrounding area, or stuck sleeping in the alleys or doorways of the city of Maple Ridge,” he says.